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A Classic Modern Deep Purple Album
on 21 December 2002
I am gobsmacked at the earlier reviews of this album.I bought Abandon when it was released and in the last four years I have played it more times than any other Purple album. In my opinion it rates with any of the 70's albums due to the outstanding musicianship and songwriting quality.Seventh Heaven and Watching the Sky are timeless classics and outclass anything released in this genre in the last five years.Any Fule Know That, Almost Human, Jack Ruby,She Was,Whatshername, the updated Bludsucker , Evil Louie ,Don't Make Me Happy and Fingers To The Bone all have an infectious bluesy swagger that you just can't help singing to and Gillan and Glover's lyrics are back to their storytelling best.The album boasts a beautiful grunty low down and dirty Jon Lord Hammond Organ sound and Ian Paice's drumming along with Roger Glover's bass playing are super tight.Ian Gillan sings beautifully on this album as with Purpendicular and he is really world class on Watching The Sky and Seventh Heaven. Steve Morse adds his usual perfect performance and collectively I believe this is the best Purple album since Machine Head. After The Battle Rages On tour debacle I thought Deep Purple were goners but after this piece of class (at their age!)they will remain one of the greatest bands ever to grace the planet.